Here is an equation for success. Take one empty nest mom with time on her hands, a 4-H background, goats and a passion to brighten the tables of many with her goat cheese products – voila, you have Charlottetown Farm’s Pam Miller. She is a vivacious, down home, spunky, charming gal who has taken working with goats milk and turned it into a viable, sustainable “buy local” product for our top farm-to-table restaurants with chevre cheese, feta cheese and the ash aged crotin. You the consumer and many like you purchase her cheeses along with her confections of goats milk cheesecakes, truffles, cajeta (Mexican goat milk caramel sauce) and fudge at local farmers markets.
A chance meeting with Pam had me excited to come to Charlottetown Farm and interact with her pet goats. The milk producing goats; all 263, are at her partner’s dairy farm in Pennsylvania. What looked like a gray day in Northwest Baltimore was a bright blue sky with puffs of white clouds up I83 near the Pennsylvania line. The air was brisk on the autumn day as Pam took us (the husband and I) out into the field to meet her pet goats; these are goats that Pam will bring to the farmers market, fairs and other social engagements. Once inside the gates and out into the field the goats were over to us tout suite, in fact, they seemed fascinated by me and pinned me in from all sides. Later I deduced my popularity with the goats was probably my loose leaf paper as one of the goats took a big bite out of notes. “Goats don’t eat tin cans,” Pam said with a smile on her face, “their favorite food is what they can forage on the floor in the woods.” What the Charlottetown Farm goats eat on a regular basis is free range grass and hay along with supplemental grains; out in the field that day it seemed the fallen leaves were the meal du jour along with my notepaper.
Who was the first chef to purchase her cheeses, Chef Sarah Acconcia who at the time was with 13.5% Wine Bar in Hampden and now is showing off her culinary talents at Bookmaker’s Cocktail Club in Federal Hill. With over 25 restaurants plus local grocery stores, Charlottetown Farm is wowing the restaurant chefs with their amazing cheeses. Pam was ecstatic to have just sold a selection of products to a new restaurant client, Bottega Restaurant in Station North.
What is a typical day for Pam? “A typical day: Saturdays, my favorite day of the week, I’m up at 4:30 am to get ready for the Waverly Market which starts at 7. That’s where I interact with chefs and customers. Other days of the week I’m up at all different times – 3 days a week I go up to Pennsylvania to make my products. Since I don’t milk the goats I have a little more flexibility as to when I get up in the morning.”
Miller’s daughter, with her degree in agricultural business and management with a minor in sustainable agriculture has plans on taking the farm in an additional direction raising meat rabbits for the farm-to-table restaurants.
Where Pam sees herself in five years is out of the dairy and cheese making end of the business and into the goat cheese confections: cheesecakes, cajeta, fudge and truffles. This might be sooner than later with her taking her goat cheese confections to retailers in New York City in the very near future.
You can find Charlottetown Farms products at Eddies Market-Charles Village, Eddies of Roland Park, and Grauls in Hereford or come meet her at the farmers markets:
- · 32nd Street Waverly Farmers Market (Sat 7am to noon, all year)
- · Catonsville Farmer’s Market- Bloomsbury Avenue (Every other Tuesday 10:00-1:00)
- · Kenilworth Farm Market (Tues 3:30-6:30pm, May-Thankgsiving)
Curious as to the name, Charlottetown Farm, Pam explained, “I grew up in Monkton and before Monkton was named Monkton it was called Charlottetown – so a nod to my roots and to my late mother-in-law who was named Charlotte.”
Personally, I can attest to what many have tasted and comeback for over and over, the very creamy with a hint of tart Charlottetown Farm cheesecake. Don’t wait for a Golden Girl’s crisis to eat cheesecake – indulge with the Charlottetown Farm’s version.
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